An upcoming exhibition, “Looking Back at 85: A Journey in Art”
Step into the captivating world of Mike Edwards, where the sands of time have not dimmed the flame of creativity but have, in fact, stoked it anew. The upcoming exhibition, “Looking Back at 85: A Journey in Art,” is an intimate collection of thoughts and images that span over six decades of artistic exploration. These treasures have surfaced from the depths of memory, often nestled within the confines of storage, and have been lovingly unearthed during the process of downsizing for a transition to a more compact retirement village unit.
Over the past 18 months, Edwards has been on an ardent quest, one that involves rediscovery, renewal, and the delightful revelation of long-forgotten pieces. Amidst the process of sifting through the past, he has uncovered hidden gems – prints that haven’t seen the light of day for years, sketches brimming with unfulfilled potential, and drawings that once remained locked within the realm of ideas. These encounters with his own artistic history have ignited a fresh passion and excitement within him.
“Looking Back at 85” is not merely an exhibition; it is an odyssey into the artist’s soul, a testament to the enduring power of creativity, and a celebration of life’s intricate tapestry. Mike, now in the twilight of his career, finds himself inspired by the relics of his past. With boundless energy and a heart full of nostalgia, he has embarked on a journey to breathe life into these dormant creations. It’s a process that involves revisiting past works, reworking them with the wisdom of years, and conjuring entirely new masterpieces, both in the realm of graphic art and sculpture.
This exhibition is a poignant reminder that art knows no age, that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected corners of our personal histories, and that the act of creation is a timeless dance between the artist and their muse. “Looking Back at 85” invites you to share in Mike Edwards’ voyage of rediscovery, to witness the renaissance of his artistic spirit, and to be inspired by the notion that the journey of art is one that never truly ends.
Join us in celebrating this remarkable journey through the accumulated dreams and visions of an artist who, at 85, proves that creativity remains an eternal flame, forever illuminating the path of artistic expression.
The exhibition will be opened by Pieter Mathews
Association of Arts Pretoria
Saturday 30 September 2023 at 11:00
173 Mackie Street | Nieuw Muckleneuk | Pretoria